SERVING SIZE: 1/2 c
SPECIES: Beta vulgaris
How Can This Ayurvedic Food Make You Feel Great?
Raw beets provoke Pitta but cooked beets are Pitta pacifying. Cooked beets transform the starches into sweeter sugars that are cooling. Beets cleanse and cool the blood, nourish the liver, and improve the eyesight. Beets are good for anemia. Beet juice increases stamina and was used as an aphrodisiac in Roman times.
Beets are high in flavonoids, known as 'nature's biological response modifiers'. Generally, bioflavonoids show anti-allergic, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and anti-cancer activity. The body tries to get rid of bio-flavonoids soon after they are eaten. To eliminate them the body activates phase II enzymes that also help eliminate mutagens and carcinogens.
BUYING & PREPARATION
Beet greens are Pitta provoking - if that's not a problem then I cook the greens in a separate pot.
COOKING BEETSBrowse Recipes
Beets can be juiced, pureed, boiled in soups, roasted, and pickled.
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WHY EAT AN AYURVEDIC DIET?Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. An Ayurvedic diet is tailored to your individual body type and the specific imbalances you are working with at any given time. Ayurveda shows you your specific body type’s needs and what should be favored in your Ayurvedic menu. Watch as you eat less but feel more satisfied because what you are eating truly nourishes you. Since Ayurveda believes all disease begins in the digestive tract, food is your first medicine. By eating a healthy diet that’s ideal for your body, you experience optimal health.
Are Beets Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?
AYURVEDIC MEDICINAL QUALITIES
Experiences are PersonalExperiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary. The list of actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
STIMULANT-LAXATIVEStimulant laxatives induce bowel movements by stimulating peristaltic movement (the contraction of smooth muscle in the intestines). They are effective when used on a short-term basis. On a long-term basis, they can create dependency.
Cleanse and Detox:
DETOXICANTAn herb that eliminates or metabolizes toxins from the body.
Energy Vitality Strength:
NUTRITIVEAn herb that is strengthening and nourishing.
Heart & Circulation:
ALTERATIVELiterally, an herb that restores the proper function of the body. In practice, alteratives are usually blood cleansers and blood chemistry balancers. They were traditionally used to revitalize and detoxify after a long winter.
BLOOD-TONICAn herb that produces more blood cells in the body or otherwise strengthens blood. Helpful for anemia and other types of deficiency.
OPTHALMICBenefits the eyes.
Liver & Gall Bladder:
CHOLAGOGUECholagogues stimulate the release of bile from the gall bladder for improved digestion.
LIVOTONICAn herb that strengthens the liver. It is helpful for people with a history of substance abuse, chronic liver issues from hepatitis and hemolytic anemias.
Skin Care & Beauty:
SKIN-TONICAn herb that strengthens and nourishes skin, improving tone, color, moisture and complexion.
GENERAL-LAXATIVEPromotes a bowel movement. General laxative is an umbrella term that refers to several different types of laxatives...
STOOL-SOFTENERAn herb that softens stool that is hard and difficult to pass. They are the safest and most gentle type of laxative. Some foods are even stool softeners, such as warm milk with ghee.
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Eat Well for Life With Ayurveda: Balance Your Dosha
HOW DOES EATING AYURVEDICALLY MAKE YOU FEEL?Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. Food digests with ease when right for your body type (dosha). Healthy digestion is seen as the cornerstone of well-being in Ayurveda. Healthy digestion generally prevents illness. If you do get sick, a strong digestive fire reduces the severity of illness and increases your resilience. It also improves your mood. Once you begin eating Ayurvedically, you will feel refreshed, vital and strong.
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Comments & Impressions of 'Beets'Do you like 'beets'? Why or why not? What makes it unique? Is there something you'd like to know about 'beets'?
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Beets are high in blood building iron.
I have heard that the nutrients in beets are more bioavailable when fermented, so I often cut them up and use a lactobacillus brine. Does Ayurveda use pickled vegetables?
To the comment from uiukin: there are some examples of food and medicine items that are fermented that are not "tamasic," but sattvic or rajasic. Fermented tea is considered rajasic, and fermented ginseng is considered either tamasic or sattvic depending on who you ask. Old ghee, which has invariably undergone fermentation, is near to sattvic. Many types of alcohol ("wine" in the vedic texts) are sattvic, rajasic, tamasic, in that order, depending on the application and amount. Cacao bean, the food used to create chocolate, undergoes intentional fermentation much like some tea varieties, and the end result is a very rajasic substance. Indeed, fermentation can tend to "dull" the sharper qualities of food, but it also makes them lighter and usually much hotter, and many changes occur which, depending upon the item in question, can lean the mental effect one way or another.Hope this clears some things up!
a traditional home remedy forThis information has not been validated by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
Reproductive HealthAbortion (Past, Recent or Considering), Painful menstruation
SkinAcne - general, Eczema, Gray skin/lacking lustre, Skin red after mild abrasion, Skin sensitivity to chemicals
PoopAlternating Diarrhea / Constipation, Constipation, Fullness below belly button, Gray Stool, Less than 1 elimination a day, Rabbit pellet / Hard lumpy stool, Straining to eliminate
DigestionAnal Itching, Diverticulosis / Diverticulitis, Food allergy, Hemorrhoids, Pain left lower abdomen, Wheat Intolerance
Blood and CirculationAnemia, Autoimmune Disorders, Blood light in color, Bloodshot Eyes, Gall Bladder Inflammation, Gall Bladder Removed, Gallstones / Attack, Hepatitis (Past/Current), Jaundice, Liver Sore, Multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS), Sensitive to Alcohol, Sensitivity to bright light, Yellow eyes / sclera, Yellowish skin
Mind Stress SleepAnger, irritable, ambitious, analytical, Conflict makes me angry, irritable, Migraines, Sharp language
About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. His online course Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week provides tools for gracefully healing with Ayurveda to thousands. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.